This Weekend In Atlanta: ICE Fall Market; Truck-a-Palooza; BBQ; & More

Watershed Dance Theatre presents "Moments" at Emory University's Schwartz Center for Performing Arts on Saturday.
Watershed Dance Theatre presents “Moments” at Emory University’s Schwartz Center for Performing Arts on Saturday. Photo by Jeff Cravotta courtesy of Watershed Dance Theatre.

This weekend in Atlanta there are several family events to choose from. Make a lantern in preparation for the parade on the Beltline later this month; participate in free family crafts at MODA, or let the kids explore vehicles galore at Truck-a-Palooza.

A festival at Perimeter Mall focuses on all things barbecue, while you can get your fall decorating in full swing by stopping by the Indie Craft Experience’s fall market.

If a performance is more your speed, consider seeing a contemporary dance show by Watershed Dance Theatre, a new play at Aurora Theatre or a concert by Ben Harper at The Tabernacle.

Festivals

Que For Good: Dunwoody BBQ Festival

When: Sept. 7 from 4 to 10 p.m., Sept. 8 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Where: Perimeter Mall

Cost: Admission is free

What to Expect: This festival features over 60 professional teams and over 20 local/amateur teams. Attendees will vote on who has the best pulled pork on Saturday night, while Friday’s competitions will include a People’s Choice Chicken Wing contest and a “Kid Que” competition! There will also be live music, a beer garden, and TV’s all around showing football games.

Dance

Watershed: Moments

When: Sept. 8 from 8 to 9 p.m.

Where: Emory University, Schwartz Center for Performing Arts

Cost: $15 to $25

What to Expect: “Moments” is a multi-media, contemporary dance performance by a company new to Atlanta. The show includes two original dance works choreographed by Watershed Dance Theatre artistic director Sarah Todd Emery.

The Indie Craft Experience Fall Market is Sunday at Yaraab Temple.
The Indie Craft Experience Fall Market is Sunday at Yaraab Temple. Photo by Bonnie J. Heath courtesy of Indie Craft Experience.

Galleries

Indie Craft Experience Fall Market

When: Sept. 9 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Where:  Yaarab Temple, Atlanta

Cost: Free to $5

What to Expect: This one-day event features more than 60 craft, art and vintage vendors, a great selection of local food vendors, swag bags designed by Tracy Wagner of Tweet Design for the first 100 attendees, and DJ Zano!

Music

Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite

When: Sept. 7 at 8 p.m.

Where: The Tabernacle

Cost: $35 to $50

What to Expect: Guitarist, songwriter, and bandleader Ben Harper enjoyed cult status on the jam band scene in the 1990s largely due to the success of his debut album, Welcome to the Cruel World, and its follow-up, Fight for Your Mind, before gaining wider attention near the decade’s end.

Family

Truck-a-Palooza

When: Sept. 8 from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Where: Town Center Mall

Cost: $5 per person, $20 maximum per family

What to Expect: This fun and educational event gives children of all ages the opportunity to explore police cars, SWAT trucks, fire rescue trucks, fire engines, heavy construction vehicles, dump trucks, front end loaders, military vehicles, a police helicopter and a mobile art truck.

Head to the Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University to participate in a lantern workshop for adults on Friday and for families on Sunday.
Head to the Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University to participate in a lantern workshop for adults on Friday or one for families on Sunday. Photo courtesy of Michael C. Carlos Museum.

Museums

Atlanta Beltline Lantern Parade Workshops

When: Sept. 7 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. and Sept. 9 from 2 to 5 p.m.

Where: Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University

Cost: $25

What to Expect: Get ready to participate in the Atlanta Beltline Lantern Parade on Sept. 22 by attending one of these workshops to make your own lantern. These workshops take inspiration from the Museum’s current exhibit “Divine Felines: Cats of Egypt.” Friday’s event is geared toward adults, while Sunday’s session is suitable for families. Pre-registration is required >

Free

Family Free Day at MODA

When: Sept. 9 from 12 to 5 p.m.

Where: Museum of Design Atlanta

Cost: Free!

What to Expect: The second Sunday of each month families are invited to visit the museum free of charge and to participate in design and STEAM activities that are fun and educational. This Sunday marks the closing day for the current exhibition, “Making Change: The Art and Craft of Activism,” and this session is themed “Freak Flags & Craftivism.”

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"The Two Kids Who Blow Sh*t Up" runs Sept. 7 through 30 at Aurora Theatre.
“The Two Kids Who Blow Sh*t Up” runs Sept. 7 through 30 at Aurora Theatre. Photo courtesy of Aurora Theatre.

Theater

The Two Kids Who Blow Sh*t Up

When: Sept. 7 through 30, Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 p.m.

Where: Aurora Theatre

Cost: $15 to $20

What to Expect: Written by Asian-American playwright Carla Ching of Fear the Walking Dead fame, the show follows the journey of two best friends falling in and out of love.

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